Co-Chairs: Faith Gibson and Sarah Cohen-Gogo

Steering Group Members: Monica Cypriano, Amita Trehan, Adedayo Joseph, Eman Al-Shamsi, Giselle Saulnier-Sholler


The SIOP Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology (WLPO) Network aims to promote female leadership in paediatric oncology and camaraderie among female professionals in global health through public events, role modelling and networking opportunities. The Network aims to contribute to building the next generation of talented female professionals in paediatric oncology. Through various online/in-person activities, the Network will strengthen bonds among female members of the Society, enable SIOP members to support each other and celebrate female leadership in paediatric oncology.

Leading with Confidence: Dr. Maja Jovanović

Dr. Maja Jovanović (Canada) is a sociologist, author and TEDx speaker. She delivered a Keynote Speech at the Ottawa Congress titled “Forget the Apologies & Learn How to Lead with Confidence”. Log into SIOP CONNECT and the Women Leaders Network page to watch a recording of the keynote.

Do you find yourself apologizing for no good reason? Do you deflect praise or minimize your accomplishments? Are you frustrated that women’s confidence is often perceived as arrogance? Do you find it exasperating that we live in a world of double-standards where the burden of proof for women’s competence is so much higher? If this sounds like you, then this is the talk for you!

Learning from Others: Meet-the-Expert Roundtables

The SIOP Women Leaders Network offers monthly Meet-the-Expert (MTE) Roundtables online to facilitate linkages and networking among female SIOP members. These Roundtables serve to jumpstart networking amongst women, giving an opportunity and an occasion for some of the MTE participants to explore further guidance and establish mentoring relationships with the experts. The Roundtables are open only to SIOP members. Seats are very limited – please apply early.

2023 Almanac of Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology

Click here to download and read the full 2023 Almanac of Women Leaders.

Alternatively, you can browse specific profiles below by clicking on the leader.

If you wish to make a donation to SIOP to support this and other program work, please click here to donate.

Flagship Events on Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology

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